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  1. During a speech at the lord mayor of London's banquet, the prime minister described an exchange with Australian leader, Julia Gillard, and tried to imitate her accent. Cameron's audience at the Guildhall in London laughed, but the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper described his impersonation as 'bizarre' http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/video/2011/nov/15/david-cameron-attempts-australian-accent-video
  2. The Pom Queen

    David Beckham coming to Melbourne

    THE Beckham show is coming to town. Soccer superstar David Beckham will visit Melbourne for the first time in a summer showdown between his US team LA Galaxy and Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium. The Baillieu Government will announce the sporting coup today, setting up a mouth-watering showdown between Beckham - the most famous soccer player in the world - and Harry Kewell - one of Australia's best players. Organisers of the December 6 blockbuster also hope that Beckham's famous wife - former Spice Girl Victoria - will fly into town for the event. A capacity crowd of 56,000 is expected to pack Etihad Stadium for the friendly match, which Premier Ted Baillieu described as "another jewel in Victoria's outstanding major events calendar".
  3. "Hi Bowen Thanks for your assistance in this. So far, the response has been compelling, so we expect to meet with legal counsel early next week to discuss strategy. A number of applicants have raised some valid questions, and we will be discussing these questions with counsel. We hope to respond to these soon after. Please encourage the G4/G5ers to keep sending their scenarios in. Many thanks again David Harvey Solicitor Reg'd Migration Agent P:03 9940 1538 F:03 9940 1456" source:http://g4online.org/legal-action-process-feedback-david-harvey
  4. Remember it is the Councils doing this and Cameron and Ed Milliband are giving them their backing. Even the Labour party are in agreement which is great to here. About time this Country stood up to these people who just want to wreck people lives. The prime minister has said people who "loot and pillage their own community" should be evicted from council houses. Wandsworth in London has become the first council to serve an eviction notice over the riots, but several others are also considering the move. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14509779
  5. Its gonna be tough for the Haymaker tonight, i have signed up to watch it on sky box office and i watched him beat the 11 foot 9 inch Russian Valueless last year, so can he beat Klitschko tonight? Come on lad, do tour stuff.:wink::yes:
  6. Bobj

    Vale David Jason...

    David Jason (I) More at IMDbPro » [/url] Date of Birth 2 February 1940, Edmonton, London, England, UK Date of Death 1 April 2011, London (heart attack) Birth Name David John White ****************************** Just had a squiz last night at "Frost" and as usual, I checked the lad out on IMDB. Utterly gobsmacked that he died on April 1st. He was one of my favourite actors. Cheers, Bobj.
  7. Jimm

    David Bitel warning

    Does he really think that students would risk staying illegally in oz ? Things aren't that desperate are they ? Irate students may not go home, lawyer David Bitel warns | The Australian
  8. Since the new coalition took power there has been a lot of talk about the 'Big Society', I appreciate the sentiment behind this idea but is it ever truly possible to achieve. In short the coalition wants to put more power into the hands of local councils, local people, local communities to achieve the goals they want and have the power to change their particular circumstances. It is also hoped that society in general and those that inhabit the society should take far for responsibility for the way they interact with everyone around them. But in truth is this EVER achievable. People will always want different things from their world, differing opinions are after all what makes the world go around. People of all races, colours and beliefs will ALWAYS want different things from their lives. There will also always be those that can't be bothered to try and change what they see as wrong, there are those that just accept the way things are, and there are those that will do their utmost to change the world as they see it, but more often than not things really change because these voices become stifled by those in POWER. So just what does the coalition hope to achieve with this Big Society. Call me a skeptic but in no small measure the government is once again trying to dissolve their responsibilities to the people of this country and pass responsibility onto local authorities and the people of these communities. There will come a stage where the government can and will admonish themselves of any responsibility and in so doing will turn around in years to come and say, 'Look, we gave YOU the power to change things, it is not our fault that things haven't worked out'. This is not a criticism of this particular government, it has been going on for years. Privatisation, abdication of power, etc have in no small measure made this country one where to blame the government is becoming seemingly more difficult. If the government is basically holding their hands up and saying 'Over to you', how on earth can they be held responsible for any future failures or indeed successes. As I said, I appreciate the sentiment behind such an idea, BUT. I am honestly not sure that the people of this country feel truly empowered enough or indeed care enough to bring about the change that government pontificate that they want. Surely it is the RESPONSIBILITY of any government to make the BIG decisions. After all, they were voted into power with the hope that they would once again do all they can to make this country BETTER for all its inhabitants. Government cannot and should not be allowed to abdicate power too much as this will only result in years to come us as a people having the inability to look at government and ask, 'Well, what the hell are you going to do about it'. Surely a better idea would be to actually give the people of this country more 'real' power, REFERENDUMS and the ability to VOTE on the issues, immigration, Iraq, Afghanistan, the EU, etc. This is what the people really want. Where whilst it is governments responsibility to run the country we can in a controlled and sensible way still have a say on the issues that affect us ALL, not just small segments of society. Democracy does not mean the abdication of power, it means giving the people of this country the ability to TELL government what they want on the bigger issues of our time. Cheers Tony:wink:
  9. As some may be aware, i was one of the 5 PomsInOz people that attended the meeting at Australia House with David Walden....I have just had this email regarding Cat 6 processing times.... Nick The latest for Category 6 is that it is highly unlikely any will be processed this program year (which is finalised end June). They are currently working through the Category 5s who has done medicals etc and will move onto the remainder Category 5's assuming there are sufficient places left in the Program for this year. Sorry I can't provide anything more definitive about when they might start Category 6 decisions. cheers David Wilden Minister - Counsellor (Immigration)
  10. Last Sunday i was told I was related to David Starkey who I had never ever heard of, his mother was my grandmothers sister Elsie Lyon,googled this guy and he seems quite well known, anyone met or heard of him?
  11. can i just say that my heart goes out to david for the loss of his lovley son ivan no mum or dad should ever berry a child before themselfs this is truly the most hoffric thing to ever happen to perants trust me its happened to me and to wendy richards who fought cancer twice before what can i say she had great dignaty my heart goes out to her family and friends IVAN THE SHACKLES THAT CHAINED HAVE NOW BEEN LIFTED RUN FREE IN GODDS GARDEN SLEEP TIGHT ANGEL XX WENDY NO MORE PAIN NO MORE SUFFERING HEAVAN HAS OPENED ITS GATES R.I.P
  12. Hi Other than the Sydney Welsh Choir out at Lidcombe, does anyone know of any Welsh events going on in Sydney for St David's Day? Kathy
  13. JUST wandering is mr Beckham a site member to pio ? eddie :err:
  14. Guest

    Ideas-man David

    IDEAS-MAN DAVID Welsh-born David Childs blinks a little behind designer spectacles and admits: 'I guess I'm a bit of a sentimentalist.' The man who heads a team that has raised $4 million for the needy under his leadership, is also a salesman, organiser, stimulator of ideas. And as bossy as a soccer coach, which he still is, after 30-odd years in the game. He sits in an office cluttered with motor tyres, signed portraits of famous entertainers, books, files, and telephones that almost jump with urgency; the top man in Queensland for the Variety Club of Australia, spending his 20-hour day cajoling, persuading and begging. 'Of course I sleep. But four hours is enough. Anything more is a waste of time isn't it?' David, 53, arrived in Australia 30 years ago to be an optometrist. He particularly wanted to work in Wollongong so he could play professional soccer. But the firm who was to employ him had posted him to Sydney. He took his first big career decision and said no. Instead he went to Shell as a trainee manager, played pro soccer and rose to be secretary of the New South Wales Soccer Federation that controlled 97,000 players. 'I have,' he chuckles, 'always been a good talker. The Welsh can sing and they can talk; I wasn't born with the singing gift. I can persuade people; tap into their enthusiasm. A sort of a cross between Bruce Forsyth, who is so inspirational, and Norman Wisdom, a sad character in some respects.' And he taps into the heart, in boardrooms, on television, on his public speaking engagements of which there are scores every year, persuading people to give. (His wife called the other day to say there had been some terrible mistake. A van load of furniture for a complete apartment had been left on their front lawn. David had forgotten to tell her it was a gift he was looking after.) He waves an arm at his office window. 'Out there', he explains are children dying with leukaemia; families destitute because they've lost a breadwinner; the sub-normal, lost and lonely.’ David Childs' constant challenge is to inspire those who can afford it to help change those peoples' lives. 'You'd be surprised how easy it is! I go to people I'm told I'd have no hope with and they give me thousands.' David managed and marketed shopping centres before he got involved with the Variety Club. Nine years ago they asked him to take it on full time, running its key fund-raisers like the 'Bash', a hell-raising drive about the outback by (this year) 400 men and women in 125 cars, paying for the privilege and being fined thousands of dollars for misdemeanours like wearing the wrong-coloured shirt on a Thursday. Lurching through the bulldust in a 4WD that can have him in radio contact with anyone in the world in seconds, David has trailing behind him sports greats like Allan Border and Mal Meninga; dentists, QCs, plumbers, architects, mechanics, nurses, advertising copy-writers and retired millionaires. 'Where else can you sit down in the bush for breakfast with Allan Border?' he asks. There is, he readily admits, a little drinking, but not by the team-member driving. Cheating and bribing officials is actively encouraged, because those offering the bribes are heavily fined. Awards are given to the team raising the most money - then they're fined again for being so successful, a sort of 'happy childishness we all need to revert to from time to time', he grins. The Bashes have raised $1.5 m. And a 'splash' version $150,000. Where does it go? The Variety Club buys Sunshine coaches for the young ill, for the frail and elderly and for taking special children to special schools. No more than seven cents in the dollar is ever spent on administration. 'I get about 500 appeals for help a year; we can afford to respond to about 150 of them.' Heading through lunch-hour traffic to a speaking engagement he tells me there's a lap-top in the back of the car that has a record of every telephone subscriber in Australia for him to tap into. He's busy organising Miss World at the moment and chatting to models.(Well somebody's got to do it...) He has one big concern. Headquartered on the Gold Coast, where the achievers and the wealthy come to retire, he is appalled at the wasted brain-power. 'I don't think anybody should retire. I speak to audiences where there are men much younger than me - engineers, architects, doctors who have switched off. Their brain capacity is in neutral; wasted. I say to them: "Go out and mix with young people and do something with your lives. Australia got a bit down after the troubles in the late 80s and early 90s and it needs this great pool of talent."' The little dynamo with "the worst eyesight in the world" and no cartilages left in his soccer-damaged knees, parks the vehicle with the awkward high radio mast and hurries into a luncheon to ask for some more money. Nobody doubts he'll get it.
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